MLB Wrap: Braves cut magic number to 2

MLB Wrap: Braves cut magic number to 2
September 19, 2013, 1:15 am
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The Braves' magic number for clinching the NL East title is at two games. (USA Today Images)

Ryne Sandberg's Phillies suffered a 4-3 loss to Miami on his birthday, but the interim manager could get his prize of full-time status in the near future (see story).

Also, Kyle Kendrick received some good news Wednesday when an MRI on his achy right shoulder revealed nothing more than some tendinitis (see story).

Now, here's a look at some of Wednesday's MLB action:

Braves rally past Nationals
WASHINGTON -- Justin Upton and Dan Uggla each homered in a three-run sixth inning, and the Atlanta Braves rallied past the Washington Nationals for a 5-2 victory Wednesday night, lowering their magic number for clinching the NL East title to two games.

Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer also drove in runs as the Braves snapped a three-game skid. Atlanta has not won the division since 2005, the last of 11 straight titles.

Washington entered 4 games behind Cincinnati for the second NL wild card.

Kameron Loe (1-2) got one out for the win. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta's seventh pitcher, rebounded from his loss Tuesday to record his 48th save.

Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 29 straight, the longest in the majors this season (see full recap).

Jennings' RBI single in 12th lifts Rays to win
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Desmond Jennings had an RBI single in the 12th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays took over the top spot in the AL wild-card race by beating the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Texas has a half-game lead over Cleveland, which lost at Kansas City, for the second wild card.

Jose Lobaton opened the 12th with a single off Joseph Ortiz (2-2) and pinch-runner Sam Fuld went to second on Yunel Escobar's bunt. Fuld then scored on Jennings' hit to right center.

Brandon Gomes (2-1) struck out Ian Kinsler with runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the 12th for the Rays, who have won two of the first three games of the four-game series.

Texas took a 3-2 lead in the 11th on Adrian Beltre's two-out RBI single. The Rays tied on David DeJesus' RBI single in the bottom of the inning (see full recap).

Wainwright leads Cards to win over Rockies
DENVER-- Adam Wainwright pitched effectively into the eighth after a shaky start and helped himself at the plate with three hits as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday night to expand their lead in the NL Central race.

Wainwright (17-9) gave up two runs in the first and then found his groove to earn his 17th win, second-most in the NL this season.

He went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs to help the Cardinals stretch their lead to two games over Pittsburgh after the Pirates lost 3-2 loss to San Diego. St. Louis also reduced its magic number for clinching a playoff spot to three with 10 games to play.

Tyler Chatwood (7-5) allowed four runs in six innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Chatwood is rounding back into form after missing nearly a month with an inflamed right elbow (see full recap).

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